Field visits by phone, locked-up PPE flagged by nursing home staff in 1st wave, documents show

When the surge of COVID-19 cases began to hit long-term care homes in the spring of 2020, nursing home workers were calling Ontario's Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development to blow the whistle on unsafe working conditions, according to...

Feeling anxious and tired as things reopen? Here are tips to help

Now more than a year into the pandemic, CBC Ottawa looks at how people adapt to new realities with its series The Slow Return. For Monika Benson, just thinking about socializing again as society reopens is "nerve-racking."  "During the pandemic, I kind of...

Kingston, Ont., pub loses liquor licence for breaking pandemic rules

A Kingston, Ont., sports pub can no longer serve alcohol as Ontario's alcohol licensing agency, the AGCO, has removed its licence for breaking pandemic rules. The decision comes about a week after J.A.K.K. Tuesdays shared on Facebook it wouldn't enforce the province's proof-of-vaccine...

Canada’s 4 largest provinces see vaccine uptake boosted by mandates

Federal data shows tens of thousands of people in Canada's largest provinces received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine after public announcements of a vaccine passport, even before the new policy came into effect.Vaccine passports require residents to show...

Navigating a COVID-19 vaccine passport society won’t be easy for those who remain unvaccinated

When Nathan Maharaj volunteered to be part of a human vaccine trial, he didn't think he'd be shut out of Ontario restaurants, gyms and even weddings a few months later.Maharaj has been fully vaccinated with the Quebec-based Medicago trial vaccine since April. But he's...

Black psychologists say there are too few of them in Canada — and that’s a problem

Meghan Stewart has dealt with mental health challenges since childhood. There have even been moments where she considered suicide."I have had those moments where it's … 'Well, I wonder if anybody would even notice if I was not on this Earth anymore,'" Stewart...

Rural Ontario hit harder by alcohol during pandemic, study finds

Rural Ontarians engage in more dangerous drinking than urbanites and that gap grew during the pandemic, a new study finds.According to the study led by researchers at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, fewer people in Ontario cities ended up in the...

COVID-19 took their sense of smell. Will they get it back?

Peter Simpson was settling down on the couch with a glass of wine one evening last September when he suddenly realized something was missing."I noticed I had no sense of smell whatsoever," recalled Simpson, 59. He grabbed a can of...

Doctors said this Quebec man would die of COVID-19. His family had other ideas

Peter Simard squints into the bright spring sunshine as his wife, Céline Lafrenière, pushes his wheelchair through the front door and down the ramp that's just been built in front of their Gatineau, Que., bungalow."It feels good to be outside in...

When can we start travelling overseas again?

Itching to travel again? You're not alone.One Ottawa travel agency says people are booking Caribbean and resort vacations for as early as this September and cruises are quickly filling up for next year. "A lot of people are booking now because...
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